Under the management of Emile-Louis Jumeau, the founder's son, the models are diversified. The innovation of the unbreakable Jumeau doll is popular among the young users and their parents. Jumeau understands that the head should be pretty. The dolls in this new realistic trend are called Bébés from 1879.
The Jumeau Triste model is one of the earliest examples of Bébés. To facilitate the production, the head is specially designed to be used after painting either as a girl or as a boy.
The Série Fantastique, introduced in 1891 or 1892 with model numbers from 200, is a curiosity. The new small demoiselles are reworked in the eyes and mouth to show a cheerful or cheeky attitude that disqualifies them for being used as a toy.
At that time, Jumeau employs 200 people and produces about 100,000 dolls per year. The production of the Série Fantastique will remain extremely low as it is unambiguously shown in the 1899 inventory accompanying the termination of business of the Jumeau company. The intention of Jumeau could not in this context be to look for a profit. The Jumeau Fantastique is instead artistic, anticipating by two decades the Albert Marque dolls dressed by Margaine-Lacroix.
The 201 with an exuberant laughter is one of the rarest. One of them 61 cm high with head size 11 was sold for $ 285K including premium by Theriault's on November 22, 2014.
On July 26 in Washington DC, Theriault's sells three Jumeau dolls from the 200s series. Lot 18, estimated $ 80K, is an interesting and insolent tongue showing girl 51 cm high with head size 9. Lot 19, estimated $ 50K, is a happy laughing girl with half closed eyes, in the same size. Lot 17, estimated $ 40K, is a tall adult Lady head size 11 assembled in 1905. At that time the SFBJ continued to use the elements manufactured by Jumeau along with his brand.
RESULTS BEFORE FEES :
Lot 17 : $ 42K.
Lot 18 : $ 165K.
Lot 19 : $ 65K.
These dolls are narrated by Mrs Florence Theriault in the video below :